Beth Ann Nichols
Stories by Beth Ann
Fresh off win, Michelle Wie revisits Stanford years
For those who think Michelle Wie made a mistake when she chose to juggle five years at Stanford while playing the LPGA, well, you’re mistaken – she calls that time the best years of her life.
Campbell's John Crooks wins 120th collegiate title
After a 30-stroke victory at the Big South Conference women's championship, Campbell coach John Crooks now has 120 collegiate wins – 75 on the women's side and 45 for the men's program.
Nichols: Freak-show play? Sure, but this Bubba has matured
Two years ago, Bubba Watson won a green jacket, but was more focused on trying to become a dad to his newly adopted son. Fast forward to Sunday, the now two-time Masters champ is everything he wanted to be -- and more.
Nichols: Spieth, 20, strives for normalcy as his star status rises
Jordan Spieth simply wanted to feel the pressures of contending at a major on Sunday, but he'll be thrown into the pressure cooker at the Masters as the co-leader. His upbringing and circle of family and friends show why he is ready for this moment.
Matt Fitzpatrick misses cut after chance on 18
Matt Fitzpatrick missed the cut by one after a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Augusta National slid past the cup.
Amateur Oliver Goss shows clutch ability Friday at Masters
Amateur Oliver Goss scrambled to shoot 1-under 71 in the swirling wind on Friday at the Masters, and will now have a tee time on Saturday – his 20th birthday – at Augusta National.
Bill Haas charts own path to early Masters lead
Jay Haas, a 16-time winner on the Champions Tour, only gets to see his son Bill play a handful of times each year. Thursday, father watched son take the early first-round Masters lead.
Fred Couples comes to Augusta National with contending in mind for Masters
This marks Fred Couples’ 30th Masters appearance – and in his previous 29 starts at Augusta National, he has missed the cut only twice (2008 and ’09).
Jordan Niebrugge's Masters plan: Keep it simple at Augusta National
The goals for Jordan Niebrugge in this week's Masters are simple: Earn low amateur honors and finish in the top 12 and ties to get an invite back to Augusta National.
Mike Weir holes one on Augusta's 16th during Masters practice, but won't call it an ace
The roar could be heard by the clubhouse. It was a Sunday type of roar, with lasting applause, and Augusta patrons knew it had to be an ace. But Mike Weir’s not counting his 10th hole-in-one, which came on a practice shot.
In his prime, Justin Rose says now is the time to win majors
Justin Rose believes the time to win majors is now. Players can qualify their 20s as a learning curve, Rose said. But after that, there’s no excuse.
Lexi's leap: Thompson, 19, runs away with Kraft Nabisco title
Lexi Thompson’s romp at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6 gives her four LPGA titles at the tender age of 19.
Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie share Kraft Nabisco Championship lead on LPGA
Sunday's final round of the first major of the LPGA season could produce quite the one-on-one matchup, as Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie will begin the day tied for the lead at 10 under and two shots clear of the field.
After losing granddad, Mo Martin forges on at Kraft Nabisco
“He was the most peaceful person I've ever met,” Mo Martin said of her grandfather, Lincoln, who passed away last month at age 102 -- and had admirers in his own right at LPGA events.
64 propels Lexi Thompson to share of Kraft Nabisco Championship lead in LPGA's first major of 2014
On a calm, cloudy Friday at the Dinah Shore Course, Lexi Thompson took advantage of easier pin positions and vaulted from a tie for 29th to a share of the lead of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship during the second round's morning wave.
Michelle Wie 'more appreciative' after 67 to open Kraft Nabisco Championship
The LPGA no longer revolves around the comings and goings of Michelle Wie. But her 5-under 67 in Thursday's first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship showed Wie, 24, still moves the needle like no other.
Angel Yin, 15, keeps smiling in first-round 68 at Kraft Nabisco Championship
This isn’t Angel Yin’s first time making headlines. At age 13, she qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open; last year she won a junior qualifier to get into the Kraft Nabisco Championship and went on to make the cut.
LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan: Season-opening major won't leave Dinah Shore Course for new sponsor
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond.
LPGA creates new Rolex Annika Major Award
On the eve of the year’s first major, the LPGA announced a new Rolex Annika Major Award that recognizes the LPGA player who performs the best in all five major championships.
LPGA's stars come into Kraft Nabisco Championship playing strong
Go ahead, try to pick the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner today -- that one-size-fits-all white robe for the winner's jump into Poppie's Pond could be wrapped around any number of players come Sunday.
LPGA players share strong opinions on future of Kraft Nabisco Championship
The Kraft Nabisco Championship faces a major turning point after the last putt drops Sunday, and marquee players have strong opinions about what comes next.
LPGA players' teams take shape for International Crown
Eight teams have qualified for the inaugural International Crown, with the U.S. having overtaken the top seed from South Korea when Lexi Thompson birdied the 18th hole at the Kia Classic.
Back injury prompts Suzann Pettersen to skip Kraft
Suzann Pettersen, who withdrew from the Kia Classic last week after feeling a sharp pain in her back, confirmed Tuesday that she will miss the LPGA's first major tournament of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Tickled Pink: Creamer's life in a happy place, game follows
With her personal life in a happy place, Paula Creamer is ready to just go out and play – including the first major of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco.
Anna Nordqvist's major changes result in second win in four starts
Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts.
Cristie Kerr, Lizette Salas tied for lead at LPGA's Kia Classic
Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas will enter Sunday's round of the Kia Classic tied for the lead at 10 under. But while Kerr will be seeking her 17th LPGA victory, Salas will be trying for her first.
Voila! Inbee Park takes clubhouse lead at JTBC Founders Cup
Inbee Park played in the shadows of Lydia Ko for much of her round, but four birdies over her last five holes led to a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead at the JTBC Founders Cup.
USGA's Mike Davis addresses U.S. Women's Open concerns at LPGA meeting
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan invited USGA executive director Mike Davis to an LPGA player meeting this week at the JTBC Founders Cup to answer questions and ease concerns about this year's U.S Women's Open.
LPGA notes: Stacy Lewis' miscue; Anna Nordqvist's changes; more
Stacy Lewis’ bunker issues continue, beaning Cristie Kerr in the head during a practice round; Anna Nordqvist's changes pay off; Paula Creamer gets a legendary footwork tip; plus more news from the LPGA.
Suzann Pettersen continues to chase childhood dream of being No. 1
Suzann Pettersen is currently World No. 2 with aspirations to take over the world's top ranking, a quest that began when she was a schoolgirl.
Former Arizona State players gather prior to JTBC Founders Cup
With so many former Arizona State players in the field at this week’s JTBC Founders Cup – seven to be exact – the Sun Devil coaches organized a mini-reunion on Sunday at Modern Margarita to kick off the week.
Cristie Kerr on parenthood: 'I feel like I was always born to be a mom'
Cristie Kerr embraces parenthood by taking charge with color-coordinated outfits and stacks of diapers.
Juli Inkster to captain U.S. 2015 Solheim Cup team
Juli Inkster will captain the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup team. The fiery Hall of Famer has been picked to lead the Americans in Germany Sept. 18-20 at St. Leon-Rot.
Annie Park, Emma Talley top U.S. Curtis Cup selections
The USGA on Thursday announced the eight-player U.S. team for the 2014 Curtis Cup, led by reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champ Emma Talley and NCAA individual champ Annie Park.
Cancer survivor Ashtyn Brown helps LPGA legends support sick kids
University of Indianapolis junior Ashtyn Brown, a two-time cancer survivor, knows what it is like to be diagnosed at a young age, and extra time giving back to sick kids.
Kraft Nabisco won't sponsor LPGA tourney after 2014
The first major of the LPGA season will lose Kraft Nabisco as a sponsor after 2014, commissioner Mike Whan told the local newspaper.
Kraft's spring recipe: Kid Korda among 9 amateurs to mix with LPGA's best
Nine amateurs will compete on sponsor exemptions at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 3-6 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., including 15-year-old Nelly Korda, who made the cut at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.
After breast cancer, LPGA's Lisa Ferrero, 31, advises women to act
LPGA player Lisa Ferrero was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 8 at age 31. On Valentine’s Day, she had a mastectomy to remove a tumor that was 9 centimeters.
Founders Cup lands new title sponsor
The Founders Cup has landed a new title sponsor for 2014, Golfweek has learned. JTBC, a South Korean cable television network, has signed on to replace RR Donnelley.
USGA announces U.S. Women's Open international qualifying
The USGA announced it will introduce international qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open – starting this year – in a press release sent on Monday morning.
Joy, relief for Paula Creamer in HSBC Women's Champions win in Singapore
A lot has happened to Paula Creamer, 27, since she won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont. She has experienced heartbreak and loss both on and off the course, but Sunday's HSBC Women's Champions victory gave her a lift.
Stoic Clark helps Oklahoma State win Hayt for 4th title in a row
Oklahoma State won the John Hayt Collegiate on Feb. 25 at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Furman reinstates men's golf after Brad Faxon, others step up
Men's golf will not end at Furman after all. The university approved a plan submitted by the school's golf alumni and supporters to provide short-term operating money and establish an endowment to fund the program.
Furman men's team opens spring with resolve to rise above uncertainty
Leading Furman's efforts at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, one Paladins freshman said he already has spoken with several coaches about transferring while awaiting his team's fate. "You think you’re done with all that," he said of thinking about teams.
Hello, world: Cheyenne Woods' game speaks for itself now
Cheyenne Woods, fresh off her first professional victory on a major tour in Australia, headlines the Symetra Tour’s season-opening event this week in Mesa, Ariz.
Furman alumni make pitch to save men's golf
There is hope for men’s golf at Furman. Right now it’s only a glimmer, but a conference call Monday between a group of passionate alumni and administrators led to a proposal sent Feb. 19 to the school’s Board of Trustees.
Jessica Korda shows unselfishness while winning LPGA's season opener in Bahamas
Jessica Korda gave her golf ball to two girls after winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Grant Price saw the gesture unfold from home, and later praised his student for being unselfish during her big moment.
LPGA notes: Suzann Pettersen debuts; Karrie Webb rushes; more
Suzann Pettersen makes her season debut this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; Karrie Webb rushes through the scorer's tent and into an inadvertent DQ; plus more this week from the LPGA.
Cheyenne Woods' win creates ripple effects with TV, exemptions
Cheyenne Woods’ break-out victory in Australia created enough buzz to adjust TV schedules in the U.S. -- and the ripple effect is likely to carry over to LPGA sponsor exemptions.
Alumni, donors fret about loss of men's golf at Furman
The outcry over Furman University’s decision to eliminate men’s golf after the spring season came in the form of an online petition with more than 1,500 names and scores of emotionally-charged comments.